I started flipping through my copy of Beyond the Track today, and remembered what a great reference it is. Leading has been an issue coming in at night - Essa is last because that's how the paddocks go, and gets very upset and rude. I also found out the other night that bathing is not an installed app.
They were all extra-nutty this evening, having a rolling splashing mud-licious good time. The book recommends a shank over the nose, so I read up to make sure I was doing it right and tried it on Essa and Cody. Voila! They both gave me the "yes, ma'am" treatment. Very nice. I'm positive that's a result of their track experience, and it's definitely a tool that I won't be afraid to use again if need be.
Honey isn't keen on the hose for bathing either - hoses are for drinkin'! So I resolved to back things up and read up on bathing. I found a nice soft setting on the hose nozzle, started with feet and a plan to see how far up I could go. I got about half-way up Honey's legs; Essa barely tolerated her feet. But now I have a plan, so we don't have to power through and hope nobody gets hurt - which is what I did the first time. I don't think Essa has had much steady training, so treating her as if she's fresh off the track may be the way to go.
On the good side, I did a little lunging with Essa. She was lovely and well behaved, even a little lazy. So that's a positive end to today - with a long weekend to look forward to, I hope to have more updates soon!